Community Volunteer Opportunities

For those interested in volunteering in the off-campus community, our local and statewide communities offer a range of partners and projects, including one-time or short-term opportunities and ongoing or sustained opportunities. In addition to the opportunities listed below, Harward Center staff members are happy to meet with individuals and groups interested in exploring other possibilities.

One-Time or Occasional Volunteer Opportunities

The Franco Center is looking for volunteers for their International Children’s Festival, to be held on April 21 and April 22 from 9:30 to 2:00 pm. They are looking for enthusiastic Bates students who can help them run dance classes, songs, cooking sessions, games, and other workshops. If you can help, contact Sam Boss, aboss@bates.edu.

The YWCA is looking for 2-3 volunteers to provide childcare on Sunday, May 1 from 12pm-4pm for the Stand Against Racism event. Volunteers would be responsible for supervising and playing with children during the hours of the event. The YWCA will provide toys, coloring materials, books, pizza lunch, and ice cream dessert.  The YWCA is also looking for 1-2 volunteers to provide childcare on Thursday April 28 from 6:30-9 for the Stand Against Racism kick-off event film screening. FMI: Contact Natalie Bornstein at nbornstein@ywcamaine.org or call 207-795-4050.

Rebuilding Day is Saturday, April 30th. Rebuilding Together, with the help of Bates students, faculty, staff, and other members of the L/A community, will be working on houses in the area to provide necessary improvements for homeowners who cannot afford to do the work themselves. Everything they do is at no expense to the homeowner. To sign up as a volunteer, please go to this link – http://bates.edu/alumni/bates-days-of-service or contact Shanna Brunosbruno@bates.edu .

Maine Community Integration, a Somali-led organization that serves the Lewiston-Auburn area, is seeking female tutors to help out with the after-school education program. Students who have a background and interest in working with the local immigrant community are strongly encouraged to inquire. If you are interested, please contact Sam Boss. aboss@bates.edu.

New Beginnings, an organization that works with homeless youth and is located only a block from campus, would love to have some Bates volunteer energy in their weekly pick-up basketball games. They play on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm. If this sounds like your kind of volunteer gig, contact Sarah, sarah@newbeginmaine.org.

New Beginnings would also like to offer a yoga class but needs an enthusiastic volunteer instructor or two. For more information or to express interest, contact Marc, marc@newbeginmaine.org.

Blake Street Towers and Meadowview (Lewiston Housing Authority residences for low-income elderly and younger disabled) are happy to have volunteers plan social events–meals, game nights, performances, etc. Contact Matt Gee, mgee@bates.edu.

The Good Shepherd Food Bank prepares food for distribution throughout the state. Contact: Nina Sevilla, nsevilla@bates.edu.

 

Ongoing or Sustained Volunteer Opportunities

Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers one-on-one weekly one-hour matches with elementary school kids in local schools.  It also has a campus-based program, Cats and Cubs, that meets every Sunday.
Contact: Camden Bock, cbock@bates.edu.

Tutoring and Enrichment Programs

The Hillview Afterschool Program meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:45pm.
Contact: Lydia Rosenfield, lrosenfi@bates.edu.

Tree Street Youth meets Monday through Thursday from 2-6pm and Friday from 2-4pm.
Contact: Yaw Anoff, volunteers.tsy@gmail.com.

The Lewiston Public Library Program meets Mondays through Thursday from 3:15-5:15pm.
Contact: Talia Martino, tmartino@bates.edu.

Montello Book Buddies supports Bates students reading to early-elementary-age children during the school day.
Contact: Brooke Drabkin, bdrabkin@bates.edu.

English Language Learners

Adult Learning Center provides tutors to English language learners.
Contact: Amy Poland, apoland@lewistonpublicschools.org.

Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services helps with preparation for citizenship testing.
Contact: Kate Berger, kberger@bates.edu.

Food Accessibility

The Trinity Soup Kitchen serves meals 7 days a week.
Contact: Erin Reed, trinitylewiston@gmail.com.

Lots to Gardens supports community gardening and cooking classes.
Contact: Nina Sevilla, nsevilla@bates.edu.

Seniors Plus provides meals to seniors and welcomes volunteers for food prep and serving, as well as drivers/deliverers for the Meals on Wheels program.
For more information, click here.

Elderly/Younger Disabled

Blake Street Towers promotes social activities with elderly and younger disabled.
Contact: Matt Gee, mgee@bates.edu.

The Social Learning Center provides day services for individuals (between the ages of 18 and 80+) with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The friendship program provides an opportunity to form a long-term connection with someone from the SLC.  Students can be matched with someone based on a shared interest or hobby. The time commitment is twice a month for one hour each time, at any time during the day that is convenient for you (from the morning until 4 pm when the SLC closes). For more information, contact Melody Altschuler, maltschu@bates.edu.

Alzheimer’s Association provides Bates students the opportunity to help listen to and then write down the memories of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.
Contact: Marty Deschaines, mdeschai@bates.edu

Seniors Plus provides a range of services to the elderly. For more information, click here.

Art Projects

ArtVan provides mobile arts therapy working with non-profits in Lewiston-Auburn.
Contact: Louise Marks, lmarks@bates.edu.

Art Programming at Hillview Family Development supports weekly art projects with youth aged 6-16.
Contact: Louise Marks, lmarks@bates.edu.

Hospitals

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center
Contact: Jenny Cowie at 207-777-8369

Central Maine Medical Center
Contact: Sue Hedrich at 207-795-2472

Other Programs (some of these require extensive training)

Safe Voices is a domestic violence prevention program.
Contact: Staci Beal at 207-795-6744

Advocates for Children provides child abuse protection and parenting skill development.
Contact: info@advocatesforchildren.net

Greater Androscoggin Humane Society
Contact: Sandy Graul at 207-783-2311

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services
Contact: sacccs@sapars.org

Center for Wisdom’s Women is a sacred and safe place that supports and empowers women.
Contact: Klara Tammany, cww@oxfordnetworks.net.